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You may have heard this before: "Fruit is high in sugar." Or "Fruit makes you fat."

If you are trying to lose weight, you may have tried low-carb diets, many of which limit consumption of fruit to few or even zero servings per day.

Well, no. And, don't.

A systematic review of studies evaluating the effect of fruit on body weight conducted by the National Food Institute found these sweet results:

1. Fruit intake reduces your body weight.


2. Fruit intake reduces your risk of becoming overweight in the first place.


3. There exists an inverse association betweenfruitintake and bodyweight. In other words, the more fruit you eat, the less you are likely to weigh! Wow!

Of course, the study addressed the need for a careful analysis of the type of fruit consumed and method of preparation. It is likely that consuming sweet, juicy, fresh fruits is superior to eating dried fruits and drinking fruit juices.

Take home message:

Eat as much fruit as you like. You …

An Ounce of Prevention, A Pound of Cure

In order to ensure optimal health you can start by completing this simple checklist. Assuring that you meet these simple daily requirements goes far in the way of whole body wellness. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and many conditions - including allergies, asthma, eczema, autoimmune conditions, cellulite and varicose veins - can be reversed through lifestyle modification. Start now.

1. Exercise at least 25 minutes on most (4) days. The focus here is cardio. In addition, include 10 sets of resistance exercise twice weekly.

2. Sleep 7-9 hours every night. Reserve the bed for sex and rest. Sleep in complete darkness and soundlessness.

3.  Minimize television watching, especially the horror stories that make up the news.

4. Eat a whole foods, plant-based diet centered on sweets (fruits), greens, beans and seeds.

5. Spend some time each day outdoors.

6. Minimize coffee to 2 cups per day.

7. If you drink alcohol, have no more than 1-2 drinks per day.

8. Read a g…

Face the Music

In "Fasting and Eating for Health," Joel Fuhrman M.D. concisely writes: "Many, including physicians and informed laymen, are eager for excuses not to face the annoying facts that the risks associated with eating high-protein diets are so huge, in order that they can continue to eat in ways that are convenient and agreeable but hazardous to their health."

It is no longer any secret that the human body was not designed to process the large amounts of fat and protein present in animal products (meat, eggs, dairy). Rather than argue we need only to look at the huge prevalence of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, and diabetes, all of which are contributed to if not caused by MEAT. The toxic wastes produced as products of protein and fat digestion cause symptoms such as headache, nausea, fatigue and may lead to disease and death.

So beat the meat. Leave it behind.

Instead eat seeds, greens and beans. Simple as 1, 2, 3.

Eat responsibly. Heal the world, one delici…

The Best Things in Life

The best things in life are free. So goes the saying and sings the song. But are they, really? Here are our top 5 "free" things.

1. Sunlight

Gentle rays on a warm spring day. Free, yes. But too much of it will get you a nasty burn, a new freckle, or at worst, a pesky case of cancer.

2. A day at the beach

Yes. Unless you live in LA, in which it'll run you 2 hours in traffic and $15 in parking fees.

3. Fresh water

Uh, not really. You pay the price of those pesticides, drug residues, bacteria and other contaminants with your health.

4.  Free movie passes

You pay with your time. Arrive 2 hours early, and stand in long lines, only to be told as you approach the front that the show is sold out.

This happened to us once at the "Directors' Guild." Oh well, at least we got a credit on the $10 parking fee, which we have yet to use. Who knows, maybe we lucked out. If we'da gotten in, we prolly woulda sprung for a tub of $5 popcorn and $10 candy. Er, maybe not.

5. This …

Salad Days

Now this is cool. It used to be that heart disease is a distinctively human condition. Indeed it has been the leading cause of death in the U.S. for the past 80 years. [1] If you like stats, here are a few:
In 2006, 631,636 people died of heart disease, nearly 200,000 MORE than the year before.
Every year about 785,000 Americans have a first heart attack; another 470,000 who have already had one or more heart attacks have another attack.
And here's the kicker: In 2010, heart disease will cost the United States $316.4 billion.This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.[2]
Turns out heart disease does not just hit humans, as an article in this month's National Geographic (above) reports. Male zoo gorillas also get it. In fact, many of these poor creatures are put on medications such as beta blockers and ACE inhibitors, which have side effects including depression. Sad!
Note how we said zoo. Heart disease is virtually unheard of in the wil…

What to Do?

o you wish to revamp your diet, regain or attain optimal health and make the world a better place but wonder whether you lack the discipline to actually GIVE IT A GO?
As easy as 1, 2, 3... and 4, you're there. Start now, don't look back, and forever be changed for the better.
Rule1. Have fruit on its own for breakfast.

Fruit is easy to digest and rapidly absorbed to provide instant energy. Eat as much or as little as you wish, but only fruit at least til noon. Start with sweet juicy fruits, either in a fruit salad or fruit smoothie. If your appetite is not satisfied, follow with concentrated fruits and take some to school/work to have to or through lunch.

Rule 2. For lunch, have fresh fruit and/or a large salad with beans. The fiber will keep you fuller longer and the cravings will remain at bay.
Rule 3. Have 2 or 3 vegetable dishes for dinner. Steam them, boil them, or saute in vegetable broth, and start the feast with a plate of raw veggies.


The medical community led by experts including Neal Barnard, M.D., John McDougall, M.D. and Joel Fuhrman, M.D. has established definitively that being overweight is worse for your health than smoking cigarettes. And what is the root cause of obesity?
High-fat animal protein. In other words, meat, eggs and dairy.

How is this the case?

First of all, animal foods are very calorically-dense. Lacking water and fiber, they deliver more calories per mouthful than other foods, with the inevitable consequence being weight gain.

Additionally, animal flesh and animal byproducts stimulate the production of a chemical called Insulin-like Growth Factor. IGF, as it is also known, tells your body to grow, leading to weight gain and even cancer, as T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. discusses in his book, "The China Study."

Okay, so meat is bad for you, despite what the Beef and Dairy industry says, despite what even the USDA, which is backed by these industries, may say.
Even in small amounts, animal food …


Feeling satisfaction from food involves a complex interplay of factors, from stretch receptors in our stomach to nutrient receptors in the intestines. Satisfaction differs from satiation, or feeling full to excess, which is an indication merely that you ate sufficient or excessive quantities of food. In fact, foods that truly satisfy actually prevent satiation. To feel satisfied, you need to eat enough bulk. In fact, the average American consumes 5.5 lbs of food each day.1 You also need to consume enough nutrients, and over a long enough period of time, as the body doesn't register fullness until at least 20 minutes following the first bite. If either the need for bulk or the need for nutrition is not met, the tendency is to overeat, either by stuffing oneself, or by snacking indiscriminately and continuously.  If you meet these needs with food that lacks the bulk provided by water and fiber, you will consume too many calories and put on pounds. That's as certain as death or ta…